FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Board

The mandate of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Board is to promote, develop and encourage the performing arts in the City of St. Catharines; operate the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and associated business; and provide related services for the benefit of the City of St. Catharines.


The Board will meet approximately 8 to 10 times a year or at the call of the Chair. Board meetings shall be open to the public, except for meetings or portions of meeting where the subject matter being considered is a matter permitted to be discussed in closed session pursuant to the provisions of the Municipal Act, 2001.

Board of Directors Composition


The Board of Directors will have no less than seven (7) and no more than eleven (11) members and be comprised of:

  • Mario De Divitiis
  • Mary Jane Johnson
  • Debbie Slade
  • Joseph Critelli
  • Peter Partridge Jr.
  • Councillor Carlos Garcia
  • Councillor Kevin Townsend
  • Scott Johnstone (Brock University Representative)
  • David Vivian (Brock University Representative)

Non-voting members 

  • Lloyd Smith (FirstOntario Credit Union Representative)
  • Shelley Chemnitz (Chief Administrative Officer - City of St. Catharines)
  • Kristine Douglas (Director of Financial Management Services / Treasurer - City of St. Catharines) or designate 

Agendas and Minutes

Meeting of May 7, 2019

Meeting of June 25, 2019 - 2 p.m.

Meeting of September 10, 2019 - 2 p.m.

Meeting of October 17, 2019 - 4 p.m.

Meeting of December 10, 2019 - 2 p.m.

  • Agenda and Meeting Items (a new window will open, with links to the agenda and each meeting item)
  • Minutes (minutes will be posted following the meeting of December 10, 2019)
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